The Opposite of Education

In commenting on an LA Times story about how high school outsiders become successful adults, Instapundit hits me right where I live: If high school is an environment that systematically punishes traits that lead to success in the real world, then why not abolish high school? As institutions, they don’t do a very good job of teaching math and history. More …

Oh, There You Are Candidate Perry

Every time I read some headline like “Perry will consider White House run,” I think, “Hey, that’s great! I would totally vote for him!” Then I realize that his presidential duties would probably leave Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil schemes unchecked, and we can’t have that.

The Day After the Rapture: Well, Shoot, I Guess I Have to Cut My Grass After All

Hey, we’re still here! My spiritual advisor and brother-in-law (and pastor) says that people have been calling him on the phone to make sure he’s still here too, so they’ll know they haven’t been Left Behind™. They’re just joking, but still, it’s got to be flattering to know that you’re the canary in the coal mine for some people to More …

Getting to Heaven the Hard Way

Among all the “rapture-palooza” stuff on the internet (and by the way, I say kooky things and make terrible predictions all the time; why don’t I get that kind of attention? Anyhoo…), I ran across this “Will You Be Raptured?” flowchart. Notice the Old Testament flavor: I know this is all in good fun, and there’s nothing more fun than More …

Stephen Hawking on Heaven, Which Isn’t One of the Seven Extra Dimensions That We Can’t See

Stephen Hawking has taken the occasion of a Guardian interview to reiterate that he doesn’t believe in any of that childish heaven jazz: I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark. Yes, More …

David Mamet: F-ing Republican

If you’ve got anything nice to say about David Mamet, better hurry up and say it now (and you could say plenty nice about the writer of, among other things, The Untouchables—“Where’s Nitty?” “He’s in the car.”). He’s publicly declaring his conversion from liberal to conservative, so he’s about to be booted from the ranks of respectable artists. In a More …

The Cynical Christian 3-Second Movie Review

Today’s This instant’s review: Unthinkable, starring Samuel L. Jackson. Review: Would’ve been better if it was written by David Mamet. Thanks for reading today’s this instant’s review!

I Think I Have Something in My Eye – American Exceptionalism Edition

The crowd at Fenway Park backs up an autistic national anthem singer on disability awareness day: Which brings to mind the reason why Mo Cheeks should have a job in the NBA forever:

Our Betters Aren’t Better Anymore

At The American Interest, Walter Russel Mead takes an extended look at why our leaders–cultural, financial, and political–suck so bad. Naturally, this part caught my eye: The religion gap between the elite and the rest of the country is a big part of the problem — and in more ways than one.  I can’t help but notice that the abandonment More …

Mainline Protestants Not Protesting Very Much Anymore

As Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me, unless it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient, in which case just do whatever, dude“: On May 10, Presbyterians in Minneapolis became the needed 87th local presbytery to vote for deleting the denomination’s expectation for ministers and elders of “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity More …

Boba Fett Plays the Accordion

You’re welcome.

More 40 Year Old Things That I Am Better Than

That Amtrak post got me thinking—now that I’m later-middle-aged (ahem), I want to know where I stand in relation to some more of my peers. So here are some more 40 year old things that I am better than: Greenpeace – You can spend any amount of time with me and not walk away with patchouli stink all in your More …

40 Year Old Things That I Am Better Than

Hey, Amtrak and I turn 40 in the same week. And I’ve made it this far without a dime of government funding, thank you very much.

Meanwhile, on Another Blog…

My blogging buddy Jen at Conversion Diary is doing a series of posts that walk through the Lord’s Prayer word-by-word, and she was kind enough to ask me to do the post on the word “heaven” (the second “heaven,” not the first; the “as it is in heaven” heaven). So drop by her place and check it out! Then say More …

"Where Are These Angels?"

I think I’ve posted this video before, but it’s worth posting again: Heck, I’d like to have it playing on a loop in my house. Justin Taylor used it on his blog to make the point that it’s easy to criticize if you don’t have to come up with something better yourself. Of course, the Internet is like a giant More …

Happy Mother’s Day

For all the moms out there, including my own soon-to-be baby mama, thanks for all the good times.

An Education Fable

(Via Instapundit) What if we ran grocery stores the same way we run public education? Residents of each county would pay taxes on their properties. Nearly half of those tax revenues would then be spent by government officials to build and operate supermarkets. Each family would be assigned to a particular supermarket according to its home address. And each family More …

May Ennui Be With You

Just in time for Star Wars Day (unless time has any meaning other than the maddening accumulation of sorrow), it’s Star Wars as a French art film. (Via Conversion Diary)

Pandora Does Comedy Now, Just in Time for All the “Dead Osama” Jokes

On top of all the music goodness, Pandora now does comedy too! I am more excited than I’ve been since I found that onion ring in my french fries. Go now and load up on Brian Regan. Thank me later.

Crevolution!

(I dunno; it just seems like it demands an exclamation point.) It’s not creationism, and it’s not Darwinian evolution. It’s an amalgam called “theistic evolution” or “BioLogos,” a term coined by proponent and head of the NIH Francis Collins (who also jokingly referred to it as “Crevolution[!]” [it just needs that exclamation point – j]). Here are the basics from More …